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A comedy supergroup consisting mainly of former members of People of Earth, 3033 creates some of the liveliest, most consistently solid improv around. Members Andy St. Clair and Alex Fendrich have been highlights of recent Second City E.T.C. shows; Rush Howell, a lawyer by day, is one of the scene's wittiest performers; and Bill Arnett and Danny Mora are personable comedians with off-beat senses of humor. Unlike most troupes at iO, 3033 doesn't stick with the Harold improv format. Instead, they play it loose, letting an audience suggestion and Jason Chin's playful music and light effects steer them. At a recent show the topic of gangs inspired a hilarious 70s-era game show. --Ryan Hubbard $5http://chicago.ioimprov.com/
One of iO's longest-running ensembles. A rotating roster of two improv ensembles opens. $12
Improv show where two actors create sound effects for each scene. $10http://cicomedy.com
Improv hosted by EP Productions.http://the-playground.com
An improv show of multiple groups, anchored by the four-man team Koleno. free
International Stinger performs, followed by teen improv group Mocktail. $10http://internationalstinger.com
Poetry and performances with live band accompaniment by Verzatile. Includes networking. $10
Classic improv games with a twist.
Featuring open mike, special guests, and end-of-the-night competition. $6